Survival plans

Your bushfire survival plan should focus on how to prepare, act and survive in the event of a bushfire.


Make a bushfire survival plan with your family and ensure everyone knows their role.

Your plan should include whether you plan to stay and defend your home or leave early.

Practice your bushfire survival plan with the family on a regular basis.

Make sure you include a plan for any animals you have on your property.


Find out what the fire danger rating is for your area by listening to bushfire alerts on the radio or by checking online.

Read more about how to get weather warnings and emergency alerts.

The type of alert you get will determine what action you should take and whether you should leave early or stay and defend your property.


The safest option is to leave early while it is still safe to travel.

If your bushfire survival plan includes the decision to stay and defend, only do so if your home is built to withstand a bushfire, you are prepared to the highest level and are physically able to do so.

If the fire danger rating is catastrophic or extreme, leaving early is always the safest option. It will not be safe to stay and defend even the best prepared property.

If you plan to stay and defend your property

If you plan to stay and defend your property, make sure your home is well prepared. This includes all of the following measures:

  • reducing fuels
  • removing trees from around buildings
  • installing firebreaks.

A well prepared home has a better chance of withstanding a bushfire, even if you decide to leave early.

You should also put together a bushfire survival kit.

If you decide to leave early

Leaving your home early is always the safest option.

Know your area and how to leave by key roads.

Make sure you know where you will go, what you are taking and know several routes to your planned destination.

Bushfire relocation kit

You and your family should be prepared to pack the following if you need to leave your property in a bushfire situation:

  • protective clothing for the whole family
  • battery-operated radio and spare batteries
  • safety goggles
  • medications
  • your purse or wallet and cash
  • spare clothing for the whole family
  • ID (such as driver licence, passport or birth certificate)
  • bottled water
  • food
  • woollen blankets
  • a list of contact numbers for your family, friends, doctor, local hospital, vet, councils, and utility providers
  • first-aid kit
  • food, water and bedding for your pet, if needed.
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